- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees got two of their stars back, activating center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and closer Andrew Miller from the disabled list.

Ellsbury was in the Yankees’ lineup Wednesday against Oakland, batting leadoff and playing center field. Manager Joe Girardi said Miller would immediately step into his stopper role.

“It’s a big lift to get two players like that back,” Girardi said. “These are real impact players.”

Miller was perfect in 17 save chances in his first season with the Yankees before going on the DL June 11 with a forearm strain. Miller’s return pushes All-Star Dellin Betances back to setup duties. Betances had five saves filling in but gave up home runs in consecutive games, including a go-ahead drive to Brett Lawrie on Tuesday night.

Ellsbury has been out seven weeks with a knee injury. He had a .412 on-base percentage in 37 games and was hitting .324.

The Yankees optioned outfielder Ramon Flores and right-hander Nick Rumbelow to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


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